Prince Harry is BACK! Duke to ‘return to field’ as he hosts charity polo match in US

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PRINCE HARRY is due to host a charity polo tournament in Colorado during what will be his first public appearance since going on paternity leave after Lilibet was born in June.

The Duke will host the Sentebale ISPS Handa Polo Cup, which takes place in Aspen. Omid Scobie, who is understood to be close to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, revealed the news.

He tweeted: “Prince Harry is back on the field.

“The Duke of Sussex will host the Sentebale ISPS Bando Polo Cup in Austin, Colorado to raise critical funding to support vulnerable children in Southern Africa impacted by poverty, inequality, and HIV/AIDS.”

Prince Harry founded Sentebale with Prince Seeiso of Losotho in 2006, after visiting the small African country when on gap year in 2004.

The charity aims to support vulnerable children across Lesotho, Malawi and Botswana.

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Prince Harry is due to host a charity polo tournament (Image: PA)

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Harry and William playing polo in 2019 (Image: GETTY)

Mr Scobie added: “For many charities last year, including Sentebale, the pandemic resulted in the cancellation of many fundraisers.

“Today’s tournament will be smaller due to restrictions but Harry has pledged to donate a portion of the proceeds from his upcoming memoir by committing $1.5 million [£1.1 million].”

Along with local groups, it works to help the victims of poverty and the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

In a statement, given as Sentebale patron, Harry said the polo tournament will be “critical to securing the funds” needed for the charity.

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Harry, Meghan and Archie at a 2019 polo match (Image: GETTY)

He commented: “Our refocussed mission at Sentebale is about addressing the most immediate needs of vulnerable children in Southern Africa, helping them access vital health services, receive necessary care, and build skills to be more resilient and self-sufficient in the future.

“We are incredibly grateful to our gracious hosts in Aspen, to ISPS Handa and the many other sponsors, and to everyone involved in making this year’s match not only possibly – but most importantly, as safe as possible.

“The Sentrebale Polo Cup is critical to securing the funds needed to advance this important mission, and I’m thrilled to be able to support Sentebale, both in person and financially through a separate charitable donation to meet this immediate need.

“This is one of several donations I plan to make to charitable organisations and I’m grateful to be able to give back in this way for the children and communities who gravely need it.”

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Harry and William unveiled a statue of Diana in July (Image: GETTY)

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The new statue of Princess Diana in the gardens of Kensington Palace (Image: GETTY)

Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor, Harry and Meghan’s daughter, was born on June 4 in California.

She is the Sussexes’ second child, following Archie who was born in 2019.

The name was chosen as a tribute to The Queen, who is sometimes called ‘Lilibet’ by close family members.

On Twitter, excited fans of Prince Harry asked how they can view the event.

One asked: “Will it be televised somehow???”

Another wrote: “How can we see Prince Parry?”

A third wrote: “I want to watch too.”

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Prince Harry at Prince Philip’s funeral in April (Image: GETTY)

Other social media users praised Harry for his charity work.

One wrote: “I am grateful as a Southern African citizen of the compassion by Harry.”

A second concurred, stating: “I love Harry and Meghan’s charity works. They are trying to make the world a better place to live in!”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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